10 actions that IT Pros can do to increase the chance of getting a raise
What are the ways that IT Professionals can get an increase in compensation? The easiest way it to get promoted to a senior management position, but many technologists do not want to do that. Unfortunately, that is often the only avenue in many companies.
But what if you enjoy the technical aspects of the job and don’t want to move away from that? Here are some things you can do to boost your salary in the position you’re already in:
- Stay ahead of the crowd with technology – Be aware of what is new and what is hot. If you are the first one there with a technology or solution you will show your value. However you want to be able to apply the technology to a business issue
- Get a certification – With a certification you typically gain addition skills which have value if that is an area that your CIO is moving
- Use the latest technology and tools – Do not depend on your employer for everything. When the new technology comes out get it and use it.
- Provide peers with insight and training on your area of expertise– Share with others your insight and knowledge. When your manager sees you doing that it only increases your value in their eyes.
- Fit into the organization as a team player– Do not be a loner join in with other IT staff members and go out after work and have a relationship that goes beyond the office
- Be a focal point in your area of technical expertise – Create an on-line presence. Soup up your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and social media presence with affiliations with some prestigious companies and technical organizations. Create your own blog in which you write about technical issues that you are an expert in. Contribute to on-line tech publications and blogs.
- Market your skills – Create a blog. Blogs not only showcase your knowledge, but search engines like the frequent stream of fresh content. Give speeches. You can do this in tech organizations that you belong to. Send speech topics to event organizers and maybe they’ll take you up on one.
- Network with IT Pros in other organizations that have the same technical responsibilities – This is also a great way to learn what is hot and what is not. In addition this can lead to learning what others in your field are getting paid
- Make users love you – Many tech pros consider it a good day if they don’t have to interact with anyone. But if you’re willing to help end-users with the software (addressing problems but also training them how to use it), you become the go-to person and your name that floats into conversations most often. Being the company expert on an application does make you more important.
- Keep your ear to the ground and listen to where the CIO and company are moving – If a company is moving into unknown territory (like the Cloud and BYOD), management will want to learn everything they can. If you’ are the person who can answer all the questions, you’ll become prominent on the radar screens, and thereby raising your professional profile.